Discovery Institute Accuses Rioters of Rights Violations

Tom Wheeler twbounds at
Fri Aug 4 13:34:13 PDT 2000

Discovery Institute Accuses Rioters of Rights Violations U.S. Newswire 3 Aug 20:20 Discovery Institute Accuses Rioters of Civil-Rights Violations To: National Desk, City Desk Contact: Rob Crowther of the Discovery Institute, 206-292-0401 ext 107 Web:

SEATTLE, August 3 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Discovery Institute President Bruce Chapman, criticized the US Justice Department for "remarkable laxness" in pursuing the "common threads that connect the lawbreaking that took place in Seattle, London, and now Philadelphia"

Riots aimed at disrupting the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia are expected to be followed by still more serious disruptions in Los Angeles and still there is no public effort to investigate the national pattern of the riot-planning or its funding charged the Discovery Institute, a national think-tank headquartered in Seattle, WA., in an internet exclusive. The complete story is available online at

"The rioters pose a nation-wide conspiracy to break the law," said Chapman, Discovery's president and a former US Ambassador to the UN Organizations in Vienna. Chapman called upon Congress to investigate the activities and civil-rights violations of the tax-exempt funding of groups such as Global Exchange, Direct Action Network (and its localized variations), and Rainforest Action Network.

"Many delegates to conferences and conventions, and ordinary citizens, are having their civil-rights to assemble violated by radical groups so bent on lawbreaking that they hold training sessions ahead of time," Chapman said. "While they claim in public to avoid violence, their techniques are themselves illegal, destructive and costly. Direct Action Network, for instance incluboasts involvement in blocking intersections, letting air out of tires, infiltrating meetings and shouting down speakers, as well as man-handling delegates," he added.

It is likely, predicted Chapman, that Los Angeles will be more strongly attacked than Philadelphia.

"The Internet shows far more activity in LA," he said. "Los Angeles authorities so far have trebled to $10 million, from $3.5 million their original estimate of expected security expenses for the Democratic National Convention in mid-August. Since protestors are now planning a new tactic - disrupting transit service in the metro area -- that security price tag seems likely to grow."

Discovery President Bruce Chapman is available for interviews and comment. For permission to reprint or distribute the Discovery exclusive " As global riot conspiracies grow, so does need for funding investigation," or to arrange interviews contact Rob Crowther at Discovery Institute: 206-292-0401 ext 107; robcr(At) ------ Discovery Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan, public policy think tank headquartered in Seattle and dealing with national and international affairs. For more information browse Discovery's website at

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